‘ WESLIANS’ FINALLY ENDS POOR RUN
...Hub giants thump Vovovo to record their third win of the season. Meanwhile, Tambuti shock Leopard by 1-0 at Mayaluka Stadium
Vovovo................................................. (0)0 Wanderers.......................................... (1)1
SOCCER – Vovovo coach Gcina ‘Magiyane’ Dlamini was flipping mad in his post match interview, rightfully so. He screamed murder, he was robbed. Glaringly in offside position, centre back Sifiso ‘Tjovitjo’ Maseko tapped home from a Mcebo Mdluli ball back into the box after Mike Dombo’s corner was cleared. The Thembinkosi Dlamini led match officials did not pick it and Manzini Wanderers benefited ending their fivegame winless streak in the MTN League.
‘Magiyane’ lamented there was no instrument that regulates referees’ performances. But then, Wanderers deserved these points from the way they commanded this encounter from the first whistle.
Striker Mfan’fikile ‘Fash’ Ndzimandze came closest to opening the scorers chart two minutes before the quarter hour mark but he headed over unmarked a cross from Sicelo ‘Junior’ Simelane.
After 24 minutes, Vovovo got their first s i ght at goal but Captain Mancoba Mavimbela’s header went agonisingly wide before ‘Tjovitjo’s controversial goal five minutes later. Wanderers could have gone for the breather with a two goal advantage. Dombo was guilty of failing to punish a lacklustre defending from Vovovo breaking into goal but with goalkeeper Njabulo Sambo at his mercy, he attempted a chip that went woefully wrong.
Three minutes after recess, Dombo was guilty of missing another sitter. This time the Congolese blasted over unmarked at the back post, a searching ‘Junior’ low cross on the right. Immediately after this miss, coach Nyanga ‘Crooks’ Hlophe pulled him off for Funukwenzani Gama.
Vovovo should have stolen this game but second half substitute Juries Okundo failed to beat Romanus Igidimba after fellow substitute Mlungisi Dlamini threaded a pass.
With ten minutes remaining on regulation time, there was controversy. An infringement on Vovovo captain Mancoba is ruled as an indirect free kick by match officials that left the team’s bench hopping mad. According to the laws of the game, a foul inside the big box is a penalty. On the edge of the six-yard box, Vovovo should have done better but Okundo missed the ball completely two yards out after being set up.
It all but summed up Vovovo’s day as Wanderers bagged their third win of the season.
Vovovo: Njabulo, Siphelele, Siphosethu, Timanga, Muzi, Bheki, Tekwa (Okundo), Celumusa ( Mcolisi), Mancoba, Leon (Mlungisi), Mncedisi
Wanderers: Igidimba, Sihle, Menzi, Machado, ‘Tjovitjo’, ‘Spider’, ‘Junior’ (Makhosi), Njabulo (Djembe), ‘Fash’, Mcebo, Dombo (Funukwenzani)
Manzini Wanderers coach Nyanga Hlophe explains their win after the thrilling encounter to local media whilst the team’s captain Menzi Gamedze looks on. MANZINI WANDERERS CELEBRATES
Manzini Wanderers players celebrating their victory against Vovovo during the MTN Premier League match at Somhlolo National Stadium yesterday. Wanderers won 1-0.